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Major League Baseball Rules - Rule 21: Misconduct
MISCONDUCT IN PLAYING BASEBALL. Any player or person connected with a club who shall promise or agree to lose, or to attempt to lose, or to fail to give his best efforts towards the winning of any baseball game with which he is or may be in any way concerned; or who shall intentionally fail to give his best efforts towards the winning of any such baseball game, or who shall solicit or attempt to induce any player or person connected with a club to lose, or attempt to lose, or to fail to give his best efforts towards the winning of any baseball game with which such other player or person is or may be in any way connected; or who, being solicited by any person, shall fail to inform his Major League President and the Commissioner...

Baseball and Pine Tar Bats
The ?Pine Tar? game was difficult for most involved, but Brett remembers the incident in fondly. When Brett had made a run at a .400 batting average in 1980 and helped Kansas City to the American League pennant, he suffered from hemorrhoids during the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillis. There were no shortage of reminders for him over the next few years of his amazing career...

Baseball During The War Time
Baseball has listened when America has needed to mourn or has been engaged in global conflict. In recognition of the deaths of Presidents Warren Harding in 1923 and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945, exhibition and regular season games were postponed. Because of World War I, the 1918 season was cut short by one month. When Allied forces invaded France, June 6, 1944, all of the day's games were canceled. Baseball again shut down completely after the tragedies of September 11 occurred in September 2001. Baseball was also a leader in telling America that it was time to return to work...

The Origins of Baseball (Part I)
Interest in baseball has not been sweeping the globe, like professional basketball and American football. Waning participation at the amateur level and unlike professional basketball and American football, interest in baseball has not been sweeping the globe. Declining participation at the amateur level and prolonged labor problems at the professional level have sent "America's Pastime" into an period of uncertainty. Despite this current hardship, baseball will always have an important place in American culture. This column begins a three fold look at the history of baseball...

The Origins of Baseball (Part II)
Baseball was founded on the amateur leagues that preceded it. Baseball had become a spectator sport over the previous 25 years when the first professional league began to operate. The National Association had nine teams in 1871, but grew by 4 teams by 1875.

The Origins of Baseball (Part III)
Although professional baseball players had attempted to organize several times throughout baseball history, they were never as successful as other industries for their members. The Major League Baseball Players Association had been around for more than three decades, but was only dedicated to collecting and administering a small pension. Growing television revenues prompted the baseball players to strengthen their union in 1965.

The Best Baseball Team Ever
When professional baseball glamorously celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1969, an all-time all-star team was named and the 1927 Yankee team was singled out as the ?official? all-time best. The era of statistical and historical research was just beginning to form, but that designation has endured as established myth.

Chicago Cubs Baseball Team
The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are in the Central Division of the National League. The Chicago Cubs have been the only baseball team in the National League to stay in the same city for more than 100 years.

Chicago Cubs Information
The Chicago Cubs have played continuously in one city longer than any other franchise. Originally an amateur club, the team, then called the White Stockings, played in the National Association's inaugural season in 1871, but dropped out for two years after that. After rejoining in 1874, the franchise has continued to the present day. The National League was formed in 1876 by White Stockings president William Hulbert after four stars of the dynastic Boston club were lured to Chicago; Hulbert feared reprisals by the Red Stockings and the NA. The team won the pennant that year on the strength of the four Boston stars, especially the pitching of Al Spalding. Superstar Adrian Anson earned his nickname "Cap" when he was named manager in 1879. Often less than admirable (he was a major force in the creation of the color line), he was nonetheless one of the best players in the NL, winning three batting titles and leading in RBI four times. He spent 22 years playing in the NL, all for Chicago, and led the team to pennants in 1880-82 and 1885-86.


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A Great Basketball Moment from the National Basketball Association Finals
In terms of magic moments, the 1997 Finals between the Bulls and the Jazz was among the most memorable in NBA history. Chicago's quest for a fifth title was contested by a Utah team, led by the duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone, that was playing in the NBA Finals for the first time. The result? A spate of incredible plays from the expected heroes (Michael Jordan, Stockton, Malone) and the unexpected (Steve Kerr).

Basketball Hall of Fame
This is a list of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. All men and women who the hall deems worthy are voted in. They include NBA and NCAA Basketball Players, basketball coaches and other people who, in one way or another, have contributed in a very special way to the history of basketball.

National Basketball Association's Mr. Clutch
With another postseason of heroics to add to his resume, Reggie Miller, Indiana's sharp shooting guard joined Michael Jordan at the head of the class among great pressure performers in recent NBA history. Miller had provided one of basketball's best dramas four years earlier, when he led the Pacers past New York at Madison Square Garden.

Basketball?s Original ?Dream Team?
The original Dream Team, the U.S. basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, was a phenomenon on and off the court. It mattered not that it dominated the Olympic competition, beating its eight opponents by an average of 44 points. What was important was that the Dream Team, the first U.S. Olympic team to include NBA stars, gave fans a glimpse of basketball at its finest, and an entire world responded.

Game 6 of the National Basketball Association Finals on The Line
With Game 6 of the NBA Finals on the line, everyone in the Delta Center -- Utah Jazz coaches and Basketball Players included -- knew the ball would end up in his hands. For the Chicago Bulls, too, it was another no-brainer. There was no play to call, no screens to set. It was simple: Get it to '23'. That Michael Jordan is the go-to guy in the last seconds of any close Bulls game is the worst secret in basketball -- and still it makes no difference.

The Finals History of The National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association Finals Winners and Finals MVP Winners
Year / Champion / Runner-up / G / MVP
2002-03 San Antonio Spurs / New Jersey Nets / 4-2 / Tim Duncan, S.A.
2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers / New Jersey Nets / 4-0 / Shaquille O'Neal, L.A..
2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers / Philadelphia 76ers / 4-1 / Shaquille O'Neal, L.A..
1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers / Indiana Pacers / 4-2 / Shaquille O'Neal, L.A..
1998-99 San Antonio Spurs / New York Knicks / 4-1 / Tim Duncan, S.A.
1997-98 Chicago Bulls / Utah Jazz / 4-2 / Michael Jordan, Chi.
1996-97 Chicago Bulls / Utah Jazz / 4-2 / Michael Jordan, Chi.
1995-96 Chicago Bulls / Seattle SuperSonics / 4-2 / Michael Jordan, Chi.
1994-95 Houston Rockets / Orlando Magic / 4-0 / Hakeem Olajuwon, Hou.
1993-94 Houston Rockets / New York Knicks / 4-3 / Hakeem Olajuwon, Hou.
1992-93 Chicago Bulls / Phoenix Suns / 4-2 / Michael Jordan, Chi.
1991-92 Chicago Bulls / Portland Trail Blazers / 4-2 / Michael Jordan, Chi.
1990-91 Chicago Bulls / Los Angeles Lakers / 4-1 / Michael Jordan, Chi.

National Basketball Association Playoff Buzzer Beaters
Rex Chapman. Eddie Johnson. John Stockton. All were smart, seasoned veterans, but none was designated the "go-to" Basektball Player on his respective team. With the game on the line, however, all three Basektball Players delivered buzzer-beaters that made the 1997 postseason a memorable one in the Western Conference Playoffs.

One of Basketball?s Greatest Moments from the NBA?s Greatest Basketball Player
The opening basketball game of the 1992 NBA Finals turned out to be a tale of two games, and in both scenarios it was the worst of times for the Trail Blazers to try to contain Michael Jordan. The first "game within the game" took place over the first 18 minutes as Portland, which shot 68 percent from the field in the first quarter, battled the Bulls basket for basket and trailed 45-44 with 6:34 to go in the second quarter.

The 13 Original Rules of Basketball
Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian from Almonte, Ontario, invented basketball in 1891 while living in Massachusetts (USA). He was teaching a physical education class at an international YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts (USA) and needed to come up with a new indoor sports activity. He came up with basketball. There were 13 original rules. The hoop was a peach basket. The majority of Basektball Players in the first-ever game of basketball at that YMCA were from Canada.

The Greatest Basketball Team in NBA History
The honor of being recognized as "the greatest team in NBA history" is one basketball fans can debate endlessly, but supporters of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls can point to one objective yardstick in making their case.

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